The Portrait Experience
It is my goal to make every portrait experience relaxing and fun. We are working together to capture memorable moments so sessions are never rushed. I make sure to allow plenty of time for extra feedings, diaper changes, playtime, snacks, and, most importantly, getting to know each other. To capture the true spirit and personality of a child, it takes time, trust and lots of playing and laughing! I take the time needed to ensure that your expectations and my artistic vision for your portraits have been exceeded.
Visit my beautiful Boutique Studio in Bucks County Pa where we have everything we need within reach. Another option is I can bring the professional studio right to you: Backdrops are hung and studio lighting can be recreated in your own home or other location. I bring an array of tastes and options with of stylistic backgrounds and studio lights. I use the latest in digital photographic equipment, lighting, and props.
This option can be realized in your own backyard or we can recommend many other beautiful outdoor settings.
These contemporary portraits can be taken inside your home with natural or studio light.
What to Wear
~Clothing changes during the session allows for a variety of looks. Solid color clothing is recommended to highlight and focus on expression. Avoid busy patterns if possible. In addition, we offer wardrobe options, please inquire.
~Natural make-up and neutral nails or a French manicure photograph best.
When photographing families or groups of children, we recommend that everyone dress in similar toned clothing so the look is more unified. I will be happy to discuss specific clothing ideas with you.
~Newborns are best photographed in simple, one-piece outfits or nothing at all. A white, cloth diaper or diaper cover are timeless and photograph beautifully. If you have a special outfit, blanket or toy I can include these items. I also bring an assortment of props to your portrait session.
~When planning for a maternity session, I recommend that you keep elastic waistbands or anything binding off your belly before the session to avoid marks. Also, we recommend you use lotions or oils on your skin the day before your portrait session. But avoid any lotion or oil on the skin on the day the shoot as this may reflect light.
If you have any special requests for the portrait session, we offer a Concierge Service that can make those arrangements for you. These could include fresh flowers ready for your session, recommending and purchasing outfit selections, arranging for a personal makeup artist or customizing your portrait session with special props and background requests. Fees vary.
What about my skin??
I have extensive knowledge of Photoshop and other digital imaging software. I will perfect all finished portraits for a flawless look. I can remove any scars, acne, or other blemishes.
When to take Maternity Portraits
Maternity portraits are best around 7 months. But only you know how you feel and how your belly is developing. Book your appointment early and we can modify the timing, as we get closer.
When to take Newborn Portraits
A newborn’s first 1-2 weeks is amazing. Newborns change so quickly and those first few weeks are moments you want to cherish forever. Newborn portrait sessions are booked based on your due date then adjusted based on your actual delivery date. Amy specialize's in newborn portraits, so great care is taken to provide privacy, comfort, and a safe bonding experience with your newborn. For your convenience, birth announcements are available within two weeks of your portrait session.
What Milestones to Photograph
To capture your baby’s growth, we offer “The First Year” You will receive three baby portrait sessions during your baby’s first year.
You can choose from many wonderful milestones. Our clients have chosen among these favorites.
They include, maternity, newborn portraits within two weeks of being born, Christening portraits, 3 month portraits when they have those big smiles and their personality is booming, 6 month portraits when they have learned to sit up, and, of course, their first birthday.
You can personalize “The First Year” to capture your individual cherished moments.
Annual family portrait session.
Special milestones like birthdays, “sweet 16,” communions, holidays, anniversaries.
Portraits make wonderful gifts and keepsakes.
I have an array of boutique options from handbags and jewelry to stationary, greeting cards and coffee-table photobooks.
I accept a limited number of sessions per month and is usually booked up 4 weeks in advance. Please call to schedule your session as soon as possible to secure your desired date. Newborns and Maternity are my specialty and I will do everything in my power to squeeze you in! Newborns appointments are scheduled around your due date and are adjusted to the actual delivery date.
Your satisfaction is guaranteed, I only offer top quality services and products!
I also offer custom high-quality frames that will compliment your portraits. I will work with you to select the perfect portraits and style taking into consideration your home décor and the space where the portraits will be hung.
How long till I get my Portraits?
Please allow 4-6 weeks for your final prints. Custom items may be 6-8 weeks. I appreciate the opportunity to be your family photographer and will always strive to deliver quality custom portraits that have been perfected for you. You are guaranteed 100% satisfaction.
Cancellations and Re-scheduling
Please call as soon as you know your child is not feeling well. It is never a good idea to try and photograph a child that is feeling under the weather. It will show in the portrait. If your child is sick even a few days before their scheduled appointment, please call to reschedule.
Ownership of Images~ Heart and Soul Portraits owns the right to the photos, they may be used in marketing material, on websites, Facebook etc. You may opt out of this in writing.
Heart and Soul Portraits offers custom photo jewelry. Our jewelry is high quality and features pictures of your loved ones. Choose from beautiful necklaces, bracelets and much more.
Cards and Announcements
Heart and Soul Portraits can design personal photo stationery for you. We will work with you to design and print birth announcements, holiday cards, birthday and communion invitations, thank you cards, everyday stationary and much more.
Heart and Soul Portraits offers custom high-quality frames that will compliment your portraits. We will work with you to select the optimal frames taking into consideration your home décor and the space where the portraits will be hung or placed.
Albums are a great way to treasure the images from your portrait session for years to come. These personalized hardcover books feature images from your session and can include quotes or text. Not only are these books a wonderful keepsake but multiple copies are available for gifts.